As we reach the midpoint of the 2023 NFL season, it's time to look at the Dallas Cowboys' campaign thus far.
A 5-3 record through nine weeks isn't ideal, but it's still good enough to have the Cowboys sitting in the NFC's No. 6 playoff spot. The next stretch of the schedule features four winnable games before meeting the Philadelphia Eagles again in Week 14, meaning that winning the NFC East is still an achievable goal.
The season's halfway point is also a popular time to look at how a team's top players are performing individually. With one of the most loaded rosters in the league, it isn't surprising to see that several Dallas players have separated themselves from the pack.
Similar to the accolades that the NFL hands out at the end of the year, here are the Cowboys' five midseason award winners.
Most Valuable Player: CeeDee Lamb
Deciding this award wasn't easy as one could make the argument that either Dak Prescott or Micah Parsons deserve it, too. However, I ultimately decided to go with CeeDee Lamb as my Cowboys MVP through nine weeks.
In a year where Dallas' offense hasn't been as dynamic as in previous seasons, Lamb has stood out. The fourth-year wideout leads the Cowboys in receptions (57) and receiving yards (824) while sharing the team lead with Jake Ferguson when it comes to offensive TDs (3).
What's earned Lamb this award is just how much better he's been than the rest of Dallas' pass-catchers. For comparisons the Cowboys don't have any other player with more than 32 catches and 328 receiving yards. Hell, the team doesn't even have another wideout who's hit the 250-yard mark.
That's without mentioning how Lamb has hit the 100-yard mark four times — including in each of his last three games for an average of 155.3 during that span.
Assuming that Lamb continues at his current pace, he'll finish the season with a 121-1,751-6 stat line — by far the best of his career. That just highlights how important he has been to any success the Cowboys have seen this year. Chances are that we'd be below .500 if it wasn't for his balling out.
If he keeps up his lights-out play, Lamb deserves to be viewed as our MVP.